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Tyler Lockett thinks D'Wayne Eskridge is a perfect fit in Seahawks WR group

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The Seattle Seahawks only had three picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With one of those three picks, the Seahawks selected wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge from Western Michigan.

A lot of fans might now know who Eskridge is right off the bat. 

But you take one peek at his film from college and you can understand why the Seahawks took him with the 56th pick in the draft: The dude has got some speed behind him.

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In just six games played in 2020, due to the curtailed schedule because of Covid-19, Eskridge generated 768 yards and eight touchdowns on just 33 receptions (nearly 25 percent of his catches went for scores).

The addition of Eskridge and his speed paired with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett makes for an incredible trio in the wide receiver core for the Seahawks.

All three can run 4.4 or faster in the 40-yard dash.

On Thursday, Tyler Lockett spoke with the Seattle Times about the addition of Eskridge and how his speed makes up for his size.

“He’s very explosive,” said Lockett. “I think when you watch him play, that's the very thing that stands out. He's really good at being able to not only get open, but he's able to do a lot of great things even after the catch. 

I think he fits in perfectly with our system. ... Based off where we're going as an offense, I think this is going to be a truly special place for him.

Tyler Lockett

Dropping Eskridge in with Metcalf and Lockett will only help improve the rookie on certain routes he needs to work on. He is an athletic player, so a couple practices will get him up to speed with everyone else.

 

Lockett notes that the Seahawks finding a third receiver helps open up the offense, especially underneath plays and worrying about being beat deep.

"I think it's very important," Lockett said. "The more people you have out there that can stretch the field, that can be able to take the offense to another level, I think it helps take off a lot of pressure that other people might be trying to carry. They don't necessarily have to, but they feel like they have to based off circumstances.

So I think the more and more people you have out there, it takes off the pressure you carry. That truly may allow you to play even better, because you know you don't have to do too much stuff. You just have to do your job.

Tyler Lockett

As Seattle enters into a new offense under Shane Waldron, the hope is that Lockett-Eskridge-Metcalf changes the Seahawks passing offense into a dynamic trio to help Russell Wilson.

Russ wanted more help, now he’s got it, and it’s a “perfect fit.”